Shooting Brake for Mercedes-Benz CLS
9th November, 2010
The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake will go into series production:
As of 2012, the sporty four-door Coupé with sloping tail-end based on the CLS-Class will roll-off the assembly line
in the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board Daimler AG and H ead of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “In 2004, Mercedes-Benz
established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupé CLS and created a design icon. 170,000 customers around
the globe show how enthusiastic this car has been received by the market. The decision to build the CLS Shooting
Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and
that is exactly what the customers expect from us.”
Sindelfingen, as largest production location of Mercedes-Benz globally, will add another model to its
manufacturing portfolio. Currently, the plant is building the C-Class Sedan, the E-Class Sedan and Estate, the
S-Class and the coupés CLS and CL as well as the Maybach models and Mercedes-Benz Guard vehicles. Recently, the
plant started to manufacture the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a small series of the B-Class powered by a fuel cell. As
of 2014, the Mercedes-Benz SL will also be manufactured in Sindelfingen. The decision for the CLS Shooting Brake
also reflects the flexibility of the plant: The new model will be build on the same production line as the CLS and
the E-Class Sedan.
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Production and Procurement
Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans: “This new model with its high emotional appeal is another highlight for
the Sindelfingen plant. The location decision is an evidence for the significance of the plant as competence centre
for the luxury class. The CLS Shooting Brake will contribute to a sustainable capacity utilisation in this core
location of our production network.”
The fresh and exciting interpretation of the emotionally-appealing
design had its premiere as a show car at Auto China in April 2010. Now, this insight by Mercedes designers into the
possible future development of the Coupé concept will become reality. In 2012, the CLS Shooting Brake will be launched
to the global market.
Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars: “The CLS still makes
waves with its fascinating design and wows customers for our brand. With the new generation of the CLS we expand
our pioneering role in this segment. We aim to extend this success story with the CLS Shooting Brake and complement
our product portfolio with another appealing model. This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish,
cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an
exciting step further. At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of
The proportions are clearly those of a coupé: the long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows,
and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the
Shooting Brake actually has four doors and a large rear lid. The model features some astonishing proportions which
at the same time are clearly reminiscent of another design icon - the CLS.
It's all in a name: the origins of the name "Shooting Brake"
Break, or the homonym Brake, was the name once given to carriages used to "break" in wild horses
and also to restrict (or "brake") their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses. Since the
carts could easily be broken as part of this process, people tended not to use ones which they may have urgently
needed for other purposes. Where necessary, "Brakes" were often fitted out with variable bodies, which were only
really used to carry along anything that may have been necessary for the hunt, for example. Any such vehicle
which was used when going out shooting was called a Shooting Brake or Shooting Break. In the 1960s and 1970s
motorised Shooting Breaks were popular in Great Britain – exclusive cross-over type vehicles, which combined the
luxuriousness of a coupé with extended space on offer and additional variability.